Media Moves




New staffers are Jessica Crandall, arriving from BYU, to be a new weekend anchor/reporter; new reporter Troy Campbell from Cal State Northridge; new reporter Marissa Bodnar, from New England Cable News; new reporter Britney Borghi; and new sports director Jeff Flanders.

Leaving KIFI are reporter Aman Chabra, who headed to KJCT as Sports Director; reporter Hailey Higgins, reporter, who left for a station in Sioux Falls; weekend anchor Emma Jade went to a station in Phoenix; reporter Genieve Judge headed for WINK in Florida; sports director Scott Bemis left to be weekend sports anchor at KLAS in Las Vegas; and weekend sports anchor Alyssa Chin left the business.


Michelle Ludtka was promoted to sports anchor. Departures include morning anchor/reporter Tommy Noel, who left to go to KDAS in Dallas; reporter Dania Lawrence, who headed to a station in  Tulsa; reporter Steven Pope, who took a job in Madison, Wisc.; reporter Ian Park, who went to a station in Oklahoma City; sports director Ted Dawson, who departed for a station in Bozeman, Mont; anchor Chris Houston went to KTAL in Louisiana; and reporter Anthony Corgi headed for a station in Buffalo, N.Y.


Todd Blackingon was promoted to News Director. Former news director Brenda Baumgardner took a position with Portneuf Medical Center. Reporters Johnny Archer and Matt Horn departed, Archer to a station in Louisville, Kent., and Horn to a station in Kansas; and producer Kristi Henderson left to go work at KUTV in Salt Lake City.

Aaron Kunz, anchor/reporter, left to go work at Idaho Public Television. Reporter Lauren Johnson left the business.




New co-anchor Diane Dean joins the station, arriving from the Fox station in Beaumont, Texas.




New anchor/multimedia reporter Meg McNamara joins the staff from KIRO-TV. Ron Marasco is a new reporter/anchor. He came from KITV in Honolulu.



Jon Bobango has rejoined the station as a producer. Eric Fink is a new photojournalist, who comes to KIVI from Texas and Virginia.

Idaho Public Television

Thanh Tan, Producer/Reporter/Host, left to become a multi-media reporter with the Texas Tribune in Austin, Texas. Aaron Kunz joined the staff as as an environmental producer/reporter for a new CPB consortium with Oregon Public Broadcasting, Idaho Public Television and Boise State Public Radio.



New staffers are Natalie Podgorski as morning reporter; Erica Rush and Kelly Fisk as morning producers; and Scott Graham as morning photographer/editor. Leaving KTVB are Mike Kehoe and Trevor Louckes; also, Ranae Bangerter left for a position with the to Vernal (Utah) Express.

KTRV-Fox 12

New reporter Matt Standal arrives from Duluth, MN.



Idaho State Journal

Idaho State Journal reporter Sean Ellis, the Journal’s Statehouse reporter, has accepted a position as a Boise-based reporter for the Capitol Press, a regional agriculture weekly newspaper; he’ll start in April. Ellis has been with the Journal on and off for 12 years.